City Assessor

General Information

The City Assessor is responsible for listing and keeping the records for all real and personal property in the City of Richmond.  Real property is generally land and all the improvements attached to it.  Personal property would include machinery and equipment and is generally reported by commercial and industrial businesses.   The City Assessor is an administrative officer of the City and is appointed by the City Manager with approval of the City Council.  The Assessor works under the direction of the State Tax Commission and the City Manager.   

Each year the Assessor is required by state law to individually place an assessment equal to 50% of true cash value (TCV) on all property in the jurisdiction using manuals and guidelines provided by the State Tax Commission.  The assessment roll must be completed by the first Monday in March and available for review by the taxpayers.  Annually in February, the Notice of Assessment is mailed out to all property owners that includes the current year assessed value (AV) and tentative taxable value (TV).  An informal review of their information may be requested with the Assessor prior to the formal review conducted by the Board of Review at their March meetings.  

Proposal A 

On March 15, 1994, Michigan voters approved the Constitutional Amendment known as Proposal ‘A’.  Prior to this amendment, property tax calculations were based on the Assessed Value.   Proposal ‘A’ established “Taxable Value” as the basis for the calculation of property taxes.  This meant there were now two values on property, Assessed Value (AV) and Taxable Value (TV).  Increases in Taxable Value (after adjustments for additions and losses) are limited to the percent of change in the rate of inflation (Annual Inflation Rate Multiplier) or 5%, whichever is lower.  

NOTE:  The limit on Taxable Value increases does NOT apply to a property in the year following a transfer of ownership 

Millage Rates

The City of Richmond collects taxes for several local taxing authorities.  Among these include the City of Richmond, Richmond Community Schools, Macomb County Intermediate School District, Macomb Community College and the State of Michigan for the State Education Tax.  For information regarding these millage rates, please refer to the City Treasurer’s page here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A list of commonly asked questions and concepts regarding the process used in assessing properties, along with information regarding State Tax Law, property values and how they affect property taxes, is available here.  

Macomb County Homestead Tax Rate Comparisons

To view the Total Homestead Tax Rates for Cities & Villages in Macomb County please click here.

To view the Total Homestead Tax Rates for All Municipalities in Macomb County please click here

Summer Tax Deferment Program

You can delay payment of this bill without penalty or interest until February 14th if your total household income for the previous was under $40,000 and you are classified as one of the following:

 Age 62 or older, including the un-remarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death.

  1. A paraplegic, quadriplegic, blind or totally and permanently disabled person
  2. A service person currently serving in the military with household income less than $7,500
  3. A veteran who:
    1. Receives compensation for a service-related disability, OR
    2. Served in the military during the Vietnam era, Korean War, World War II, World War I or earlier wars and has household income of $7,500 or less.
  4. An un-remarried surviving spouse of any service person or veteran who:
    1. Met veteran qualification above, or
    2. Died while serving in the military.
    3. Application must be filed by September 30th each year.

Click here for online application form

Treasury: Be Alert for Summer Tax Scams

The Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) encourages Michiganders to remain alert for scammers impersonating tax officials through phone calls or emails - or even fake letters through the U.S. Postal Service.

In the summer, the state Treasury Department typically observes scams where criminals claim to be government officials and ask for cash through a wire transfer, prepaid debit card or gift card. These scammers tend to make "urgent" and "aggressive" requests through robocalls, emails or fake letters.

"Scammers don't take summer vacations," said Deputy Treasurer Glenn White, who oversees Treasury's Revenue Services programs. "Taxpayers have rights. If you have questions about an outstanding state tax debt, please contact us through a verified number so we can talk about options."

Scammers often alter their identity to portray themselves as the state Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service or another government agency. They tend use employee titles, a person's name, address and other personal information to seem official.

The state Treasury Department does not:

  • Demand an immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, Treasury will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes, outlining peaceful steps to be taken to resolve a debt.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Threaten to seize a taxpayer's property ― including bank accounts, wages, business assets, cars, real estate and cash ― if the debt is not settled.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or through email.

Taxpayers should hang up immediately if they receive a call from a scammer. Emails should be deleted immediately.

Individuals who have questions about their state debts should call Treasury's Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265. A customer service representative can log the scam, verify outstanding state debts and provide flexible payment options.

To learn more about the state Treasury Department, go to or follow @MiTreasury on Twitter.